Monday, September 5, 2011

Tutorial - Using Overlays in Photoshop

Overlays are digital files, in general JPG or PNG used to add texture and change the look of your pictures. You can also use overlays to make your own background papers.

1) Start Adobe Photoshop.
2) Open the Overlay you want to use
3) Select the color you want your text to be.
4) Select Layer->New->Layer, click OK
5)  Select Edit->Fill->Foreground Color

6)  Select Layer->Group with Previous or press CTRL-G

7)  If you want the background color to be white, just click File->Save As, Enter a file name and select JPEG as the format.

Want the background to be a color other than white

1) Select the color you want the background to be
2) Click on Layer->New Layer
3) Click on Edit->Fill->Foreground Color
4) Now we need to move the new layer under the Text layer, just drag it until you get to the bottom
5) Before dragging

After Dragging

You can also get the pdf of this here at 4shared.
For those of you that don't use Photoshop there is a PNG of the Overlay included with the PDF.


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